Millennium Running, Boot Scoot
Every runner got a cowboy hat, entrance to concert, beer ticket
Thankful for a friend’s pre-race reconnaissance, I realized this race started out down the hill in the other direction as Millennium Mile’s New Year’s Day race…. then a neighborhood loop… then finish going back up the hill. Race parking was at the school and a quick warm-up walk to the Londonderry athletic fields.
On July 3rd we raced at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., this was a 7:30 p.m. start. At number pick-up, we received cowboy hats and wristbands for the concert. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a cowboy hat, and with a couple pins on the inside band, it can fit me as a gardening hat!
These days I don’t get too keyed up about racing, and I ho-hum through warming up about 20 minutes and some dynamic stretches. Lined up at the start, pre-race instructions, national anthem and we all waved at the drone filming overhead as I adjusted my shoelaces about 20 times. Ellen and Greg go out much quicker than me, so I spent the next mile trying to catch them. Running through the neighborhoods, a lot of people were out in lawn chairs, some with coolers, making a party of it and encouraging us. It reminded me of another July evening race, Yankee Homecoming in Newburyport, MA. I tried to keep strong on the uphill headed towards the finish and appreciated WMUR sportscaster Jamie Staton yelling “go Whirlaway” as I continued up. I did what I could for a kick with Andy Schachat giving me a shoutout at that most welcome sight… finish line, whew!! I knew there were some female masters ahead of me and went to the big timing monitors to check my results… 4th master (of 231) 22:23! Very grateful for just being able to do this with fabulous people on a gorgeous summer night and very pleased about my finish since I’ve done no speedwork and minimal training… Yay!!
Ellen and I went back to our cars, I grabbed Whirlaway Ironrunner sweatshirt and we went to check out the bonfire & concert. Showing our wristbands, it was like walking into a real concert venue and in the distance we saw smoke which looked like part of a stage show. The smoke was actually a HUGE bonfire on the infield with Londonderry firefighters right nearby.
Although the beer lines seemed pretty long, Greg Audet, Ellen and I stood together visiting, so it was enjoyable time well spent. There were other vendors on the field. like ice cream, Panini, a mechanical bull and the stage. If I were a country music fan, it would have been ideal, but that music unfortunately isn’t my taste. After awards, the headlining band came on and we stayed for maybe the first song, walking back to the cars around 9:30 ish.
Race results 4th master (of 231) yay!!
Watch this great Video from race
with Ellen (Carr) Tidd